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Old 29.05.2019, 10:36
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Re: 10 year old fitting in at school with no Zurideutsch

Hi OP,

We put our 7-year-old son in a local Dutch school while living in Amsterdam many years ago as there were no spaces for him at the International School. It was not the easiest transition at first as he could not speak the language. I would say at about 6 weeks into the school year, his Dutch really took off and he made friends and felt comfortable. At the end of our two years in Amsterdam, most locals thought he was from Amsterdam - his Dutch was that good/natural given his age.

Watching him struggle the first six weeks wasn't easy but we had no choice. I would recommend the local school here for your son - especially if you see yourself in CH long term.

Good luck!
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